MHG3793 - Findspot of symbol stone, Kingsmills


A symbol stone, found in use as a stepping stone to a cow byre. Now in Inverness Museum.

Type and Period (1)

  • INSCRIBED STONE (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH64SE 20 67 44

Approximately 1 mile SW of Inverness at Kingsmills, a Pictish stone fragment was discovered. Made of sandstone (0.33m x 0.3m x 0.06m) it bears an incised bull symbol on one face. It is now in Inverness Museum ( 00.210)
Information from R Jones to OS 1980.

Class I symbol stone showing a bull.
A.Mack 1997 p.110 <1>

At the time of recording this was in storage at Inverness Museum (although in The Pictish Guide by Elizabeth Sutherland, its location is incorrectly given as Stoneyfield House - this is probably confused with NH64SE0046).
Information from A Ross, 03.00, added by A M Fox, Highland Council, 21.03,00.

Included in the catalogue of Pictish Symbol stones at Inverness Museum, original version 1994, revised in 2010. The bull is described as 'a stylised bull carved with down-turned horns'. Comparable to a series of bull carvings that have been found at Burghead in Moray, but those animals emit a greater feeling of power and strength than the rather tame Inverness example. <2><3>

Kingsmills, Pictish stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG8497.

Kingsmills, Pictish stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG8500.

Anderson, J, 1889, 'Notices of some undescribed sculptured stones and fragments in different parts of Scotland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 23 1888-9, p.344-55, 349; Fig. 6 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1297.

Allen and Anderson, J R and J, 1903, The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation, 102-3; Fig. 106 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1883.

RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North-east Inverness, Inverness District, Highland Region, 24, No. 181 (Text/Report). SHG2673.

Jackson, A, 1984, The symbol stones of Scotland: a social anthropological resolution to the problem of the Picts (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2357.

Ritchie, J N G, 1985, Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985, 12 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2712.

<1> Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, 110 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.

<2> Hanley, R G, 1994, A catalogue of the Class I Pictish symbol stones in the collections of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 7 (Collection/Catalogue). SHG2304.

<3> Inverness Museum, 2010, A Catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (Text/Publication/Booklet). SHG25069.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6700 4400 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH64SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (1)

  • SYMBOL STONE (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)

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